Honda confirms signing of Andy Neate
Andy Neate has signed with Team Dynamics to take the third driver position in the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Partnering with triple champion Matt Neal and double champion Gordon ‘Flash’ Shedden, Neate will be driving a third factory Honda Civic Type R.
With the third car licence announced at the tail end of last year, today’s announcement ends speculation on the driver joining the championship winning team.
Having claimed the double last year with both the drivers and manufacturers championships, with Flash taking the championship to the wire by pipping Plato to the post by just four points in the last race at Brands Hatch, the Honda works team will be looking to successfully defend both their titles in the 2016 season, which kicks off at the start of April, again at Brands Hatch.
Neate has competed in British Touring Cars for several years, most recently in 2013 in the Chevrolet Cruze with IP Tech. His most notable season in 2012 was with MG KX Momentum Racing as a factory driver, piloting the MG6 GT alongside Jason Plato.
James Rodgers, Team Manager at Team Dynamics, commented: “We are delighted to have signed Andy to take on the third car and help our team point scoring capabilities for this season. The trend for increasing numbers of cars in teams has meant we are very keen to bolster our presence on the grid this year. Andy joins the Honda works team with plenty of experience to build on and a hunger for podium places, which is just what we are after.”
Andy Neate added: “Like Matt, I’ve been involved with multiple teams in British Touring Cars and so bring with me a wealth of understanding and familiarity of the championship. I’m really excited to be working alongside two of the greats in Matt and Flash and it will be brilliant to have team mates that I can learn so much from.
“The car looked epic last year and I am sure this year will be no different. I can’t wait to get behind the wheel and begin to support Honda in achieving back to back manufacturers’ championships, and of course be challenging for those hard fought podiums.”